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Art Parties All over the Bay this May

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May is popping off with more community-oriented art events than ever– join a session of “DRAW CLUB” or go shop local artisans at the Asian Art Museum’s Spring Market. See all the new murals, shops and art in the SOMA with 2 Blocks of Art, hangout with Mission artists at The Galallery Art Party, or check out MUTEK, a newer kind of art fair dedicated to innovation in art and technology.

8th Annual 2 Blocks of Art

Take a stroll with more than 75 artists in 20 locations within just two blocks this Saturday! A range of exhibits and live performances in galleries, bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and various other storefronts — even a laundromat.  Arts organizations dope galleries and theaters are all participating like 1AMBindlestiffLittle Raven, Luggage Store and SF CameraworkCheckout Pentacle Coffee for a big new mural by Jeffrey Cheung, the new Thrasher Magazine’s 66 6th store w/@coolhandken,  Sketchpad Gallery’s “Sketch the Block”: Joko Budiono,and Roving performances by the dancers of King Lines, (who specialize in blowing peoples minds).   A great afternoon for art walkin’ & talkin’.  And for a nightcap, check out the locally loved Galallery Art Party & benefit in the Mission starting at 7pm.

ArtWalkin’ In The SOMA
Saturday May 4th 1-5PM
Between Market & Harrison on 6th, SF
More Info
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LEST WE FORGET
In conjunction with the photography exhibition LEST WE FORGET at Civic Center Plaza, the German Consulate General San Francisco and the Goethe-Institut invite you to commemorate Yom Hashoah/ Holocaust Remembrance Day.  The event will be to acknowledge the important day and honor the victims of the Holocaust.

LEST WE FORGET PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
THURSDAY, MAY 2, 12 – 2PM
CITY HALL
INFO

 

OAKLAND, DO NOTHING
Local artist Jenny Odell is celebrating her new book “How to do Nothing” with local podcasting hero Liam O’Donoghue.  Odell will be interviewed about her relationship with the local environment, and how it has shaped her beliefs about protecting human animality.  

HOW TO DO NOTHING IN OAKLAND WITH JENNY ODELL & LIAM O’DONOGHUE
THURSDAY, MAY 2, 7 – 9PM
E.M. WOLFMAN GENERAL INTEREST SMALL BOOKSTORE
INFO & TICKETS

 

MUTEK SAN FRANCISCO
MUTEK.SF, a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting innovative electronic music, sound art, collaborative audiovisual works, and digital art, returns for its annual festival.  The annual event is dedicated to the dissemination and development of digital creativity in sound, music, and audio-visual art.

MUTEK SAN FRANCISCO
MAY 2 – 5
VARIOUS LOCATIONS
INFO & TICKETS

 

WHAT WOULD JAY-Z DO?
Join artist Troy Lamar at the opening for his solo show, WWJZD.  The artist’s paintings are inspired by what he calls “Slanguage,” which refer to the words and slang in our everyday conversations.  Read more about the artist in our interview with him here.

OPENING RECEPTION: WWJZD
FRIDAY, MAY 3, 6 – 8PM
CUSHION WORKS
INFO


Beautifying  Mission sidewalks w/ Mayor Breed

The Mission Launch of innovative work-experience Team in San Francisco’s Historic Mission District!
Dedicated to ending homelessness through the dignity of work, Downtown Streets Team is excited to launch a work-experience Team in The Mission! Join Mayor Breed, Supervisor Ronen and your Mission Community as we celebrate the success of our Team Members, enjoy a picnic lunch and build a stronger community.

Downtown Streets Team Mission Ribbon Cutting!
Fri, May 3, 2019 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Chan Kaajal Park 3100 17th Street, Mission SF
INFO

POSTCOLONIAL SURVIVAL KIT
The Luggage Store Gallery features an exhibition that features artists Carolina Garcia (Australia), Kimberley Arteche (US), Wilfred Galila (US/Philippines), and Talaandig tribal leaders Marcelino Necosia Jr. and Salima S. Arga-an (Philippines).  PostColonial Survival Kit explores Pilipinxs who have coped, survived, and adapted to diasporic life.  

POSTCOLONIAL SURVIVAL KIT
FRIDAY, MAY 3, 6:30PM
LUGGAGE STORE GALLERY
INFO

 

The Galallery Art Party | Benefit Auction

Enjoy bites and refreshments while mixing and mingling with artists and new friends, over conversations about how we can sustain and support creative communities in San Francisco. The night will culminate in a silent art auction, and by bidding on artwork you can support our gallery programming so that we can continue growing and supporting the SF art scene. On the heels of our major fundraiser, this art party will also be a benefit fundraiser contributing to all our programming including exhibition support, artist fees, and developing our artist-in-residence program.

Saturday May 4th @ 7PM – 1oPM
180 Capp Street San Francisco, CA, USA
The Galallery Benefit
RSVP & TICKETS

SOUTHERN EXPOSURE’S YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD
$1.25 is an exhibition curated by the Youth Advisory Board, a team of curators ages 16-18, at Southern Exposure.  The exhibition explores and celebrates what makes Bay Area youth unique in their gender and sexual identities, self images, friendships, and lifestyles.

OPENING RECEPTION: $1.25: A TICKET FOR THE NEXT GENERATION
SATURDAY, MAY 4, 4 – 6PM
SOUTHERN EXPOSURE
INFO

 

LOVE THE BULB
Bulbfest: Resilience is a two-day art and dance festival that highlights the ruggedly beautiful landscapes of the Albany Bulb.  There will be an opportunity for visitors to contribute to a new collaborative sculpture at the site.

BULBFEST: RESILIENCE 2019 ART OPENING
SATURDAY, MAY 4, 4 – 6:30PM
ALBANY BULB
INFO

 

MILLS COLLEGE MFA EXHIBITION
Check out a group exhibition of the graduating MFA students from Mills Studio Art graduate program.   The exhibition will showcase skills from the artists developed during the two years of Mill’s program.  

SHELF LIFE: 2019 MILLS COLLEGE MFA EXHIBITION
SATURDAY, MAY 4, 6 – 8PM
MILLS COLLEGE ART MUSEUM
INFO

 

COFFEE, RHUM, SUGAR & GOLD
Join the Museum of African Diaspora for a conversation and special preview of its new exhibition Coffee, Rhum, Sugar, & Gold.  The latest exhibition explores A Postcolonial Paradox, which is centered around the core products that have been produced in (and exported from) the Caribbean.

CURATORS & ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION
SUNDAY, MAY 5, 5 – 6:30PM
MUSEUM OF AFRICAN DIASPORA
INFO & TICKETS

 

SPRING ARTISAN MARKET
Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift (or a gift for yourself) at this market with handmade goods by local makers.  There will be one-of-a-kind jewelry, ceramics, speciality food products and other perfect gifts from pop-up boutiques.

SPRING ARTISAN MARKET 2019
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 10AM – 6PM
ASIAN ART MUSEUM
INFO & TICKETS  

 

THHE AUCTION
Help support Hospitality House’s community programs at its 34th annual live and silent auction featuring stunning artwork from celebrated local and national artists.  Hospitality House is a community center for the Tenderloin, Mid-Market, and Sixth Street Corridor neighborhoods.

THHE AUCTION
THURSDAY, MAY 9, 6 – 10PM
THE MIDWAY
INFO & TICKETS  

 

TRIPLE CONSCIOUSNESS
Ghanaian-American filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu creates works of cinema that draws from W.E.B. Du Boi’s concept of double consciousness, the split subjectivity of the oppressed African-American subject.  After, Owusu will discuss recent works with Leila Weefur of The Black Aesthetic.  

TRIPLE CONSCIOUSNESS: FILMS BY AKOSUA ADOMA OWUSU
SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2 – 4:30PM
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
INFO & TICKETS  

 

NEW EAGLE CREEK SALOON
Artist Sadie Barnette’s newest installation reimagines her father’s bar — the first black-owned gay bar in San Francisco.  The project will be both an archival installation via her own vernacular aesthetic and to host a “bar” and queer social space.

SADIE BARNETTE: THE NEW EAGLE CREEK SALOON OPENING CELEBRATION
SATURDAY, MAY 11, 5 – 9PM
THE LAB
INFO & TICKETS  

 

GRADUATE FELLOWS EXHIBITION
Join the artists in the yearlong studio residencies at their art space in the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin.  The exhibition is centered around the written and unspoken histories that run through the work of the seven Graduate Fellows.    

2018 – 2019 GRADUATE FELLOWS EXHIBITION
SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2 – 5PM
HEADLANDS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
INFO & TICKETS  

 

ANTI-EVICTION MAPPING PROJECT
SYSTEM FAILURE brings together artists who are examining the tactical and systemic failings of technology, and, of course, displacement.  Members of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project will also preview their new atlas manuscript.

SYSTEM FAILURE: DISPLACEMENT
TUESDAY, MAY 14, 6:30 – 8PM
MINNESOTA STREET PROJECT
INFO

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